A new report concerning the state of security at the FBI network was created in April and released yesterday. US independent audit office (Government Accountability Office –GAO) accuses heavy lacks in the configuration of the internal police network FBI.
The FBI has closed computer networks, in which information about all aspects of the police work is exchanged. The GAO found out with its examination that the internal data security programs are incomplete and insufficient. The audit office stated that the network and the devices are not configured correctly to prevent unauthorized data access. In some places the FBI missed to restrict access checks and to graduate the access authorizations to safety level of the users. Because of this, user data could have been accessed although they were not allowed to do so.
Google’s plans to increase the customization of its information services could turn out to be a double-edged weapon, privacy campaigners warned.
Actually last declarations by Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt revealed that the main ambition of the company is to collect a number of data about users which ‘d be enough to allow the search engine to provide really effective and completely personalized answer to the thousands of queries managed every day by Google. According to Mr. Schmidt, the desired level of personalization will be reached when Google will be able to answer questions such as ‘What should I do today?’ or ‘What job should I take?’.
And he added: “You can imagine in 10 years, Google will say, ‘Good morning Eric! You’re late already, but, Eric, you’re always late.’ ”
He was the nightmare of each Internet-Service-Provider: “Spammer X” earned up to 350.000 Dollar a year with sending spam. From 17 to 22 he worked 14 hours a day as spammer. Now, he visited the “Spam Symposium 2007″ in Wien and talked about his new book “Inside the Spam Cartel” offering an insight-view of Spammers’ world.
We managed in making an interview with him, and during our meeting he told us lots of things, including the reason why he stopped spamming: “I didn’t want to be an asocial element any longer,” he declared.
If you met this young guy, introducing himself as “Spammer X”, on the street or in a coffee-shop, you would never think that he was a member of – what himself describes as– an asocial group. His blond short hair hidden under a cap and his friendly smile definitely are not those of an “asocial person” .
The Canadian branch of B’nai Brith (in Hebrew: Sons of the Covenant), the oldest continually-operating Jews Service organization in the world, has recently filed a human-rights complaint denouncing a Victoria-based website and all its managing staff of contributing to the promotion of hate “affecting persons identifiable as Jews and/or as citizens of Israel”.To the publisher Alan Rycroft was imposed to immediately remove from the web site Peace, Earth and News eighteen articles allegedly containing anti-Semitic material. O this proposal, an enquiry has been opened by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Another embarrassing incident happened last weekend in Slovakia.
The announced posting of complete telephone book on popular website Zoznam.sk from all phone operators during weekend turned to a serious security incident. One of the phone-numbers-databases provided by T-Mobile contained also numbers that should have been classified (on customer’s wish), and among them there were also more than 700 mobile phone numbers of Slovak secret service SIS.
Slovak newspaper SME informed about this incident during the weekend on his web edition.
Customers, who found their classified numbers published, immediately called the operator but, in spite of this, such numbers had been accessible for more than 24 hours. Considering the reactions of SIS officials, it was clear they were surprised and astonished. Sure. How could they be less than surprised?
Not only Classified mobile phone numbers were revealed, but also secret service agents’ number were disclosed – this could be a real disaster.